|portico & Porters|
- Oldest university in the world, University of Bologna, founded in 1088.
- America's baloney is somewhat similar to the Italian mortadella (a finely hashed/ground pork sausage containing cubes of lard.
- The statue in the square was considered so risque the church covered up his man bits
- Tortellini and ragù alla bolognese are from here
- The city has many porticoes (covered walkways). The reason they are so common is because they were primarily offered as a tax incentive to estate developers because it was considered a service to the town. Some of the richest families chose to build without porticoes to prove their status.
- It is informally the culinary capital of Italy, nicknamed -Bologna la grassa ("Bologna the fat")
- The market in the city center is one of the largest in Europe
|Creepy Restaurant sign|
Local specialties include:
- Tortellini in brodo- Meat tortellini in a broth
- Tagliatelle al ragu- pasta with meat sauce
- Lasagna Verde alla Bolognese- Lasagna composed of green spinach pasta sheets with meat ragu and a cream bechamel sauce
- Mortadella- Pink Italian sausage often served in sandwiches or before meals
- Bollito- Boiled beef
- Zuppa Inglese- A colorful dessert of cake and cream
- Mascarpone- A very creamy and sweet cheese dessert
|1st Bologna gelato|
However, on our walk back to our hotel several weird things happened:
- Persistant beggar that would not take "no!"for an answer
- Meditation on the steps of the cathedral (St. Petronio) held by American teen with translator
- Woman asks the classic "Do speak English?" and proceeds to tell us she needs money for an "exam"
- Foot Locker salesman barking at passerby and holding a small megaphone to his crotch
|Square, risque statue, and site of our many mallings|